Ben Kaliner received his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Bloomsburg University in 2009. He found his way to working with individuals with varying disabilities with a concentration on conduct disorder in a position he applied to at the Devereux Kanner Center. Looking to shift his focus and expand his skills sets, he applied to PAAL Program in 2011 where he joined as a direct care staff member. Ben first pursued expanding his skills in the area of crisis and prevention where he became a certified trainer through Safety Care in 2016. He was then promoted to Coordinator of Crisis Intervention and Prevention where he became responsible for the on-going training and certification of all PAAL staff members. He also developed a crisis team for which he supports and supervises. He then earned his Master’s degree in Education, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Endicott College in 2017.
Through the course of his education and specialty interest, Ben has presented and conducted various training at the local level and even at the international level. He was invited to discuss the importance and utility of crisis intervention/management skills, for those who work with individuals in community settings in Italy in 2016. Additionally, Ben has a special interest in programming for health and fitness for individuals with disabilities. In 2020, Ben entered into another endeavor with PAAL and has assisted in constructing two private fitness facilities in order to begin to create and program for specialized fitness and training. His future directions include expanding this program into the community.